Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Chris Hedges in Feet to the Fire

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Chris Hedges in Feet to the Fire

The interview of Chris Hedges in Feet to the Fire was very informative. He really knows how to get and report useful information on foreign wars. Hedges feels a “deep distrust for authority” he also feels that authority abuses its power, and that it is more or less the reporters job to bring truth to the people. I like his way of reporting and his free thought on our authority in our government. His hanger for authority is something that fueled him to keep reporting and doing what he felt was right. He feels that you have to have anger for authority to be a great journalist, that anger can drive a great reporter to do anything to get the real story, even put themselves in danger. He is a reporter that just does not sit around Washington waiting for a leek or for someone with a somewhat reliable source. He digs and reports news he knows is true. I think that his idea of what he would do if he owned his own news network is great; he would give cameras to the Iraqi Muslim people so that American can see what is really going on over on the other side of the war. His thoughts on his own news network remind me of Al Jazeera, “I had a great deal of respect for them”, “them” meaning Al Jazeera. Hedges’ thoughts on censorship are also very powerful. He feels that to understand a war one needs to see it through the eye of the victim, and this is something we as Americans never see in the war we are fighting today. We are told by our government that we are doing a good thing by fighting this war, yet Hedges brings up the fact that America is not well liked around the globe due to the war. “I don’t think Americans yet have a clear view of how hated we are” Those are some scary words to hear when we are being told we are doing something great.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

Hedges is a good example of a correspondent who really tried cover war accurately. There are correspondents out there who are risking their lives to bring us an accurate image of the war in Iraq. His point about world opinion is also important.

5/03/2006 11:41 PM  

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